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8 Joy Stealers In Ministry (And How To Get It Back)
Seeing the underbelly of Christian ministry
Christian ministry means working with sinners just like you and me. It’s often not a pretty sight to see what we see in local churches.
Action: And while we don’t condone sin, let’s learn to demonstrate grace and love like Jesus did and does.
Opposing Opinions, criticism, and people not liking the way something was handled…
Action: Seek to please God instead of people. And may He give us the strength to be godly and gracious when we do receive criticisms.
Fighting Among Christians
Christians are some of the meanest people I’ve ever known. Throw each other under the bus. Mean. judgmental.
Action: We will know Christlike joy when we act like Him, and not like the world.
Busyness That Turns Into Prayerlessness
We will always lose our joy when we neglect our time in prayer. When we pray, we are connected to the Source of all joy. If we are too busy to pray, we are too busy.
Action: Pray often
Unreasonable Work Hours
Many in Christian ministry become workaholics to the detriment of their families and themselves. It is ultimately our choice and our responsibility to have a balanced life. When we don’t, the joy goes away.
Action: Evaluate the time you spend away from family.
Attacks On Our Family
This is an especially difficult joy-stealer, because we sometimes feel powerless when it happens.
Action: Be even more diligent in prayer to seek His wisdom. Let your family know they come first.
Sour Staff, Leadership Or Volunteer Relation
It is your responsibility to be gracious, to be a reconciler and to be a peacemaker.If relationships are still sour, you have done all you can. Your joy comes from the Lord, not the other relationships.
Action: Create peace, not controversy
Entitlement Mentality Among Some Church Members
A number of church members view the church as a country club where they pay dues to get what they want. Your responsibility as a leader in the church is to serve all people in the name of Christ. In doing so, you will find His joy. But that does not mean you have to yield to the demands of selfish whiners.
Action: Serve the whole church, please God more than people.
Step #1 – Phone Call
Hi, is _____ available?
Hi ______, this is ______ from The Fields. We saw on your communication card OR we were notified by our prayer team that you accept Jesus into your life! We are so excited for you!
By accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior you have made the most important decision you will ever make. We are committed to helping you in your new walk with God. We cannot promise you that it will be easy, but we can promise that God Himself will guide and help you through the difficult times and help you grow and live for Him.
Did you get a chance to watch the “Starting Your New Journey” video yet?
- If yes, “Great, we encourage you to complete the daily videos and questions as this will help you better understand more about your new life in Christ.”
- If no, “I would really encourage you to watch the video as it will help you as your start your new relationship with Christ and the decision you made.”
If you have any questions or we can do anything to help support you please let us know!
Is there anything I can pray with you about today?
Have a great week and we will see you again this Sunday!
Step #2 – Social Media or Text (Saturday)
Hi ________. Hope you have had a great week! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at The Fields. I will be at the ____ o’clock service.
Spiritual Decision Google Doc
Step #1 – Send an Email
We are thrilled that you joined us again at The Fields Church! We are excited for you to get more involved, make new friends, and grow in your faith!
Welcome to the Fields:
Join us in a casual home environment to learn more about The Fields Church. We gather for two consecutive Sunday evenings for dinner and discussion with Pastor Travis and Joy Spencer. Hear the vision and passion for the church and community. Also learn about The Fields’ understanding of key biblical truths, as well as discover all the various serving and social opportunities to get involved at a deeper level.
Read more ~> http://thefieldslive.com/#/get-involved/welcome-to-the-fields
Life Groups provide a caring community where you won’t be “lost in the crowd” It’s a committed group of people, sharing life together, devoted to mutual care, spiritual growth and outreach. We exist to help people live together, grow together, and serve God together. Our groups meet weekly throughout the Mattoon/Charleston area.
Read more ~> http://thefieldslive.com/#/get-involved/life-groups
We believe everyone needs to be involved in some way at The Fields Church.
Our hope is you get involved in a smaller group of people to build healthy relationships, as well as find a place to serve other people. Follow this link to help you discover a place to serve!
Read more ~> http://thefieldslive.com/#/get-involved/serve
Step #2 – Personal Note with Gift
It was great to have you at The Fields again! We hope you will continue to attend, grow, get involved, and build relationships with others. Enjoy a sandwich on us this week!
See you again soon!
Second Time Guest Google Doc
Step #1 – Make a Phone Call
Hi, this is ______ from The Fields Church. I was wondering if I could speak with _____?
- Am I catching you at a bad time? “Great!” OR “Okay, is there a better time I can call back?”
- How are you today?
- Did you receive your gift at The Hub?
- The reason I am calling today is to let you know we are truly glad you came to The Fields Church. Many people have found this church to be like a family, a safe place to explore and discover their faith, a place to find new friends, and a place to serve others.
- I was wondering how you liked the service and if you had any questions about your experience?
- Hey, one more thing before I let you go, is there anything I can pray for you and your family about this week?
- Well, again we are so glad you came, glad to connect with you today for a few minutes, and we look forward to seeing you again next week. We will be continuing our sermon series on ______ (or starting a new sermon series on ______) and look forward to connecting with you again on Sunday.
Hi, this is ______ from The Fields Church. I am calling today to let you know we are truly glad you came to The Fields Church. I would love to hear about your experience and to see if you had any questions. You can call me back at your convenience at ________________. Have a great day and we look forward to connecting with you again on Sunday.
Step #2 – Send a Postcard
Option 1 (If you talked with them on the phone)
It was great talking to you today on the phone. Thanks so much for joining us at The Fields. We hope you had a great experience and we look forward to getting to know you more! Our goal is that you would connect with God and others at our church.
We will see you next Sunday and if you have any questions about anything do not hesitate to contact our office.
Option 2 (If you left a voice mail)
I hope you got my message! Thanks so much for visiting us at The Fields yesterday. We hope that you found our time together inspiring, meaningful, challenging and perhaps even a little fun! We enjoyed having you with us and look forward to seeing you again next Sunday!
If you have any questions about anything do not hesitate to contact our office.
We just wanted to let you know how glad we are that you joined us at The Fields yesterday! Be sure to join us again next Sunday as we continue our series on _________.
If they have kids: We offer great programming and teaching that will benefit your family. At The Fields, we are committed to building relationships and encouraging families to become strong and healthy in the Lord.
If anything special or specific coming up mention the time and details.
Have a great week and looking forward to getting to know you more!
First Time Guest Google Doc
This form is used to input those that make a first time or recommitment decision.
7 Ways To Make A Care Contact
- Send a hand written note to their home address. (The Fields Church has note cards if needed.)
- Make a personal phone call so they can hear your voice. (Leave a voice mail if they don’t answer.)
- Leave a message on Facebook, including how you prayed for them. Be specific and write out your prayer.
- Let the person know what Sunday service you will be attending the following week and that you will be looking for them.
- Schedule a coffee, lunch or visit so you can see them in person.
- Drop something small off at their house (cookies, a flower, milkshake) to give you a reason to briefly stop by and say hi.
- Text an encouraging Bible verse to someone that is suffering a hardship. Let them know you are praying.